Determinants of health status in COPD

S. Wilke

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Quality of life is an important concept for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This disease, which is also known as chronic obstructive lung disease, is characterised by chronically poor airflow. In addition to shortness of breath and fatigue, patients with COPD often suffer from additional disorders (comorbidity). CIRO researcher Sarah Wilke studied the determinants of quality of life, which is important in understanding the full effects of this disease. Quality of life also plays an important role in the diagnosis and prognosis of COPD. Comorbidities like anxiety and depression, peripheral vascular disease and cardiac disease can further reduce the quality of life for patients with COPD.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • Maastricht University
  • Wouters, Emiel, Supervisor
  • Franssen, F.M., Co-Supervisor, External person
  • Spruit, Martijn, Co-Supervisor
Award date3 Feb 2016
Place of PublicationMaastricht
Print ISBNs9789461595102
Publication statusPublished - 2016


  • COPD
  • quality of life


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